Evaluating warning response capacity and staff training in the tourism sector in coastal Washington, USA

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Johnston, D.M.; Leonard, G.S.; Becker, J.S.; Garside, R.U. 2011 Evaluating warning response capacity and staff training in the tourism sector in coastal Washington, USA. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2011/03 11 p.

Abstract: Improving the response capacity of coastal communities at risk to tsunami presents an ongoing challenge. This study builds on previous research in coastal Washington that explored warning and disaster response capacity in the tourism sector. It presents the results of a survey undertaken during February 2010. A range of suggestions are made for improving: (1) staff training; (2) exercises/drills; and (3) the provision of tsunami information. Observations from the February 27 2010 tsunami advisory illustrate the effectiveness of many of the current tsunami warning arrangements. (auth)